Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano leads a rush against the Sharks during a game… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)
The lunch-pail work ethic of Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was appreciated Saturday when the Ducks awarded the pending free agent with a four-year contract extension worth $12 million, according to a team official unauthorized to speak publicly on player salaries.
Cogliano, 26, Tuesday played in his 500th consecutive game dating to the start of his career, and produced his 13th goal this season Friday by knocking down a shot by Edmonton's Jeff Petry and racing for a breakaway past Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
Edmonton traded Cogliano away in 2011. The Ducks' third line, with Cogliano, center Saku Koivu and Daniel Winnik, have combined for seven goals and seven assists in the last five games, with a plus-18 goal differential while on the ice.
"You can always go test free agency, there might be better deals out there, but Anaheim's the place I wanted to be," Cogliano said. "They traded for me, believed in me, gave me a good situation.
"I'm unbelievably happy to be here. We're a great team, in first place, great bunch of guys in the room, with a great coach who has shown a lot of trust in me and made me the player I am today.
"So there really is no reason for me to look at any offers, any other teams. Because I have a place here I enjoy being. There's no other place I want to be."
Getzlaf taking shots
Ryan Getzlaf's eye for setting up a goal has made him one of the NHL's top five players.
His acceptance this season of taking more shots has elevated himself and the Ducks to the rarefied air of most-valuable-player talk and challenging for the league's best record.
"The shot numbers aren't that crazy different than they were, but they're going in," Getzlaf said after the Ducks beat the Oilers on Friday night to improve to 30-8-5 and 16-0-2 at Honda Center.
Getzlaf is averaging 2.725 shots per game, a career-high 18.3% of the Ducks' shots total, which is nearly six percentage points better than his nine-season career average and up 3% from last season.
Barely more than halfway through the season, he has 20 goals, five short of his career high (in 2006-07 and 2008-09). The 28-year-old didn't have a hat trick before this season and now has two.
"The previous coaches, myself, everyone who's watched Ryan, has wished he would shoot more because he's got a great shot," said Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau. "He's taken it upon himself to shoot pucks when he's got the opportunity. And the proof's in the pudding."
Yes, he is still dishing out assists, ranking 10th in the NHL with 27 while first-line mate Corey Perry leads the Ducks with 22 goals.
Boudreau said he's put the bug in Getzlaf's ear to not obsess on Perry's position near the net and seize the moment of unleashing his own powerful shot when the opening's there.
"They're going in," Getzlaf said. "I've made it a habit of taking my opportunities when they're there a little more."
He said his attention to scoring goals was triggered by his disappointing 11-goal season in 2011-12, when he took only 5.9% of the team's shots as the Ducks missed the playoffs.
"I needed to make a statement," Getzlaf said.
On a roll
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller won his 10th straight start Friday, becoming the first in the NHL to do so since Chicago's Ray Emery did it in March.
He let two shots past him in the first period, but he and the Ducks shut out Edmonton in the final two periods, allowing only eight shots in the 5-2 victory that was a confirmation of Hiller's interest in riding his wave of confidence instead of taking a third game off in the last six.
"Goaltending is just about how you feel," he said. "If you feel like you can stop every puck, things hit you even if you don't see it.
"If you don't play that often and things just bounce off something and go in, you start second-guessing. It's not a technical departure, but more about the mental part of feeling good about yourself."
Hiller was beaten 35 seconds into Friday's game by a Boyd Gordon backhand flip, and a rush of Oilers made it 2-1 11 minutes 6 seconds into the game.
"I have to work hard for it," Hiller said. "If I give up a bad goal, I know I'll bounce back, work my way back. I'm stopping the next one."
The Ducks let 15:50 of power-play time expire without a goal Friday, failing to score on 15 shots.
Their 14.1% scoring rate with a man advantage ranks 26th in the 30-team league with the No. 1 penalty-killing unit arriving Sunday when the Vancouver Canucks visit.
"Obviously, I'm more worried about the power play than I'd like to be," Boudreau said. "We didn't score. How many chances did we get? We could've had five power-play goals. It's so frustrating. The guys are trying. It's not for lack of chances."
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Etc.: The Canucks, paced by team points leader Daniel Sedin, rank seventh in the league by giving up 2.29 goals a game.